Colleagues have been remembering Norse Group stalwart and former NPS and Group Managing Director Mike Britch, who sadly died on January 5.

Mike joined Norfolk County Council as Managing Director of NPS Property Consultants in 1993 and Managing Director of the Norse Group in 2006. Working jointly with former NCS Managing Director, Peter Hawes, Mike provided strategic leadership to the Group, helping to develop and build the business.

He retired in 2018 from Norse after more than 25 years of dedicated service as a highly respected leader. He was not only held in high esteem by Norse colleagues, but was highly influential in local government and business circles across the country, held up for his work shaping new models of public service delivery.

Norse CEO Dean Wetteland said: “Under his leadership, NPS became an award-winning organisation, leaving a legacy to be proud of. I worked alongside and with Mike for 15 years, he was truly committed and dedicated to the success of NPS and the wider Group.

“Beyond work Mike was one of the good guys, always talking about his family and his outside of work commitments. He was always keen to know how you were and how your family were doing. I’d describe him as a true gent”.

Andrew Proctor, Non-Executive Director of Norse Board and leader of Norfolk County Council regarded Mike as a friend.

“Much of what the Norse Group is today is built on the foundations Mike laid over his 20-plus years leading NPS,” he said.

Following his retirement from Norse, Mike worked as an independent business consultant and became Managing Director of Cornerstone Property Assets, as well as supporting voluntary organisations and becoming chair of Age UK Norwich.

Many colleagues will be aware that Mike fought hard against cancer, diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2019 and undergoing a lifesaving operation. His family have now set up a Just Giving page to raise money for the charity Brain Tumour Research in his memory and in place of flowers.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Mike’s family at this time, and with the friends and colleagues who were closest to him.